Tuesday, May 31, 2011

REDWatch Meeting Thursday 2nd June 6pm Factory

Dear REDWatch Members and Supporters

This is a reminder that REDWatch regular monthly meeting is this Thursday at the Factory. We do not have a speaker this meeting and instead will use the time to plan out REDWatch activities for the for the second half of the year and talk about Groundswell and what role REDWatch can play. Looking forward the following events are on the agenda:

·         June: Public Screenings of “Saving Erko Estate” – REDWatch has been asked to organise one at Redfern Town hall & other Groundswell Agencies are arranging at other locations – date TBC
·         Mid June: City of Sydney Council Presentation on their BEP2 Submission – Probably REDWatch for Groundswell – Date TBC
·         4th August REDWatch Meeting – Tanya Plibersek MP Federal Minister for Human Services and Minister for Social Inclusion
Groundswell is going from strength to strength with a logo and at last count 9 local organisations signing up to help support residents in their discussions with Government. Soon 20 copies of “Saving Erko Estate” and discussions starters will be distributed through public housing to get people thinking about some of the issues and what can be done to influence the outcome. University of Western Sydney is interested in including Redfern and Waterloo in the UWS Resident’s Voices Project and a recent meeting decided that Groundswell could be a good local partner for this project. Members will have received an email from Groundswell with more details on the items on the action plan. Check out the Groundswell Facebook Page www.facebook.com/pages/GroundSwell-Redfern-Waterloo/166269223427768 and see some great cartoons, quotes and news items and if you like it let us know and send in contributions..

Michael Shreenan and I met today with Dare Kavanagh and Tuyen Duong from HNSW to discuss the HNSW Draft Consultation Framework and our responses to it. We will report at the REDWatch meeting further on this. It looks like consultation will not now commence until August on the HAF project and consultation will be confined to Master Planning the new buildings. Key issues such as the total number of houses and the 60/40 split are off the table in the HAF discussion even though it will be many months before the RWA / SMDA come back with proposed planning controls. HNSW will work on a new draft which we can circulate and then probably have a meeting of people concerned about the consultation process to try and finalise process with HNSW.

I have met with Mick Mundine at AHC a couple of times in the last week to talk about the Pemulwuy Project. The AHC have been reworking their project further getting ready to submit around end July to Department of Planning. In the rework they have moved the student accommodation over along the railway line and moved commercial back to the Lawson-Eveleigh-Caroline St building which will be lower than what was proposed in the proposal they put up late last year. The pre-school would now be down on Caroline Street. Independently residents backing on Caroline Lane have met to look at options for closing the lane.

Sydney University’s Project Application for a new Business School within the site bounded by Abercrombie Street, Codrington Street, Darlington Street and Golden Grove Street next to Darlington School has been placed on public exhibition - see MP 07_0158 - Abercrombie Street Precinct, Syd Uni - Until 24 June 2011. A new group Residents Acting In Defence of Darlington (RAIDD) has been formed to oppose the plans and here you can see their comments in Angry residents demand change to Sydney Uni ‘mega development’ and the RAIDD Poster Against Sydney University Business School Development.


Geoffrey Turnbull
Ph Wk: (02) 8004 1490  Mob: 0418 457 392

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